The rebuilding process continued for Washington football Friday at Ft. Zumwalt East.
The Blue Jays (0-7, 0-4) remain in search of their first win of the season after a 55-20 loss to the Lions (4-3, 3-1).
In Washington’s biggest offensive showing of the season, the Blue Jays scored three times, twice on long plays by sophomore Nate Busch.
The Blue Jays were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 21-0 when Busch broke his first touchdown on a 76-yard run midway through the second period.
The Lions quickly got that score back a minute later on a 12-yard run by Tristan Davis.
Each of Zumwalt East’s first three scores came on the legs of quarterback Ben Watson. Watson added one more in the final minute of the half to make it 35-7. He ran for 313 yards and six touchdowns in the contest. Watson threw for 132 yards and one interception, which went to Busch.
Washington was the first to get on the board in the second half, driving down the field and scoring on an 11-yard touchdown run from Johnny Duncan, his first score of the season.
Duncan finished with 71 yards on 19 carries.
Again though, the Lions immediately answered with Watson’s fifth touchdown run from 59 yards out just 18 seconds later.
After Watson added his sixth and final score in the fourth quarter, it was Washington’s turn to get the quick answer. Busch pulled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Cory Hardesty just 24 seconds later.
Hardesty completed 8-18 passing for 91 yards and the one score. He also rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries.
Busch had two receptions for 63 yards and four carries for 89 yards to go along with his pair of touchdowns.
A 36-yard run from Zumwalt East’s Warren Pohl concluded the scoring.
Defensively, Chris Griesenauer and Jack Carico were in on 11 tackles apiece. Duncan had 10 and Tommy Ruether nine.
Jack Tyree and Ty Rinne were in on five tackles apiece.
Darren Winistoerfer tackled four and Brandon Solter three.
Hardesty and Busch had a pair of tackles each. Kaden Bollman and Houston Partridge each had one.
Next up for the Blue Jays is a home game against Wentzville Liberty (2-5, 1-3) to conclude league play. Liberty’s lone conference win came against Ft. Zumwalt South, whom Washington hosted for homecoming in Week 6 and played a scoreless first half against until the final minute.
Washington — 0+7+7+6=20
FZE — 14+21+7+13=55
FZE - Ben Watson 2 run (Cole McCoy kick), 7:35
FZE - Watson 15 run (McCoy kick), 5:08
FZE - Watson 10 run (McCoy kick), 11:52
WAS - Nate Busch 76 run (Will Bruer kick), 6:53
FZE - Tristan Davis 12 run (McCoy kick), 5:41
FZE - Watson 8 run (McCoy kick), 0:33
WAS - Johnny Duncan 11 run (Bruer kick), 4:48
FZE - Watson 59 run (McCoy kick), 4:30
FZE - Watson 8 run (kick failed), 10:43
WAS - Busch 60 pass from Cory Hardesty (kick failed), 10:19
FZE - Warren Pohl 36 run (McCoy kick), 7:26